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Sep 3rd 2020, 02:57 PM   #16
 tj0's Avatar
  Aug 2020

  2019 Suzuki SV650X
Originally Posted by Texasl
One thing that will help is to bring the rpm's up and float the clutch. Start out heading in a straight line, spool it up, and ease the clutch out until it just begins to pull. Add 5% more clutch, get your feet on the pegs and knees clamped to the tank, and see how slowly you can motivate the bike down range. (If it is too jumpy in first try second) When you can keep your throttled fairly well clamped and are controlling the speed with the clutch start working on weaves and work up to the hard turns.
That's really good advice, I'll definitely give that a shot this weekend. Thanks!

Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
One weird thing I'm trying to overcome, in drive-on-the-right countries like this one, experience makes you eventually really good at slow left hand turns, but not so good at right hand ones. So practice those right-handers as long as you've got the parking lot time. I'm tempted to come join you. Despite my respectable lifetime mileage I'm still not as good as I should be at low-speed maneuvers.
I noticed that right away, actually. Left turns aren't terrible, but right turns feel almost foreign. One thing I picked up in the class was left foot down first at every stop, right foot down only when making right turns. It helps, but right turns can still be sketchy. My routes around the city, I try to make majority rights turns at intersections just to force that practice. The test still requires a right turn from stop, though, so doing it slow is definitely something that most of us can improve on.

Edited by tj0 on Sep 3rd 2020 at 03:00 PM Reason: Added additional quoted response
Sep 3rd 2020, 03:01 PM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Originally Posted by tj0
That's really good advice, I'll definitely give that a shot this weekend. Thanks!
Well, I do teach basic and advanced motorcycle safety for the Navy.

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Sep 5th 2020, 05:56 PM   #18
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
I've been riding since 1970 and yet I still live.
Advanced safety achievement: unlocked.
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Dec 3rd 2020, 11:38 PM   #19
  Dec 2020

Hello from newbie and welcome
Dec 4th 2020, 09:47 AM   #20
  May 2016

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Welcome to the motorbike world!

I've seen good advice in this thread.

Mine is to buy the best riding gear you can afford. I'm a year-around motorbike commuter, and saving up to buy an Aerostich suit so the colder months don't bug me [as much....] has greatly expanded my riding season, as it would yours.

You may find that the charging system on your bike can handle an aftermarket set of heated grips, as well. There are a few kits out there for not much money. Every bike should just come with them, in my opinion.

Happy 2-wheeling!
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Dec 4th 2020, 05:12 PM   #21
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  Apr 2018
  Good Grief

  Yamaha 650
Based on your commitment to learning, enthusiasm, and really, really good choice in motorcycles, I would say you're going to be enjoying this for a long time.

And take the gear advice very seriously, and I completely agree with heated gear, at least grips or a vest. Not just from a comfort standpoint, I think it helps keep your muscles from tightening up and therefore gives you better control over your bike, IMO.

Well done, enjoy, its great to hear about new riders. You came in at what I think is the golden age of motorcycling. I can't remember a time in my long history when such outstanding bikes could be had so reasonably.
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